Nationals got underway at 11:00 on Wednesday morning, 28th of March, in the Afridome in Parys, which was festively decked out in blue and red with white for contrast, and a few South African flags for decoration. Bob Gordon from the USA judged the Halter classes.
The show kicked off with two gorgeous fillies from the Stables of Jack Maritz as the lovely grey Egyptian El Shakel filly, Sidi Shaalina took the Filly Foal Championship with Sidi Annanidas (by MC Leonidas) in Reserve position.
The Colt foal Championship went to a very typey stable mate Sidi Red Bull, and Reserve to a Sidi Scorpio colt, Tarek Sultan, owned by Katherine Valkenburg.
Even though some of the Halter classes were on the smaller side, the quality of the horses more than made up for it. The Arabian Horse breed in South Africa is clawing its way back to its former glory when many well attended show were at the order of the day. The fact that this show had only 130 horses entered, merely meant that the programme was a little bit less of a rush overall, but some competitors had to pull out all the stops to get all their horses to all their classes on time...
The Sidi horses kept coming in a steady stream winning more often than not, and the progeny of sidi Scorpio made an indelible mark in all the Junior classes, with his daughter Sidi Palestina, proudly shown by owner Fanie Maritz, taking the Jun Mare Championship, and another Scorpio, the elegant bay TAJ Athina of EB Joubert, claiming Reserve.
Colt Championship was won by the handsome Shakir El Marwan colt LUA Kharif (out of FS Karina’s Charm) belonging to JF van Huysteen, and Reserve went to yet another Scorpio, TAJ Taleb, owned by J du Plessis.
It was no surprise when Sidi Scorpio himself won Senior Stallion Championship, with SR Romonso (looking quite a bit like his sire Montserrat RTA) in Reserve position, and in the Senior Mare Championships Scorpio’s dramatic dark bay daughter, Sidi Actress took Reserve Championship, beaten only by the stunning dark bay FS Karina’s Charm.
Ultimately FS Karina’s Charm was crowned Supreme Mare, and her beautiful son LUA Karif became Reserve Supreme Stallion (what a feather in her cap!) But this was undoubtedly also Sidi Scorpio’s day as he became Supreme Stallion, and his daughter Sidi Palestina Res Supreme Mare (with so many of his offspring in the ribbons right through the show)
Dressage Champion was ReB Magic Myst with Jean van Deventer riding, and Ebisu Shiraz with Virginia Klincharska Reserve. The judge was Allayne McLean.
On Thursday at 9:00 the English Ridden classes kicked off under the very experienced South African judge Sue Carter, and the first class was won by Jack Maritz on Sidi Annabella (a lovely daughter of the powerful old riding horse, Simeon Segev, which had won with Jack so many Championships in the past), a combination that finally also took the Open Riding Championship, with Andre Troost on Sadam Achilles Reserve. Slightly older breeders will remember the dams of both these Champions as riding champions in their own right – Sidi Ballalaika and Sidi Yadviga.
Anton van der Laan on the super smooth HA Rodrigo won the Junior Western Pleasure Horse, while Sone Graham on ReB Sharena won the Reserve Championship.
Next it was Andre Troost’s turn to ride away with the Senior Country Pleasure Championship on the beautiful bold stallion Simeon Sach, while Jack and Sidi Annabella took Reserve. Somebody mentioned how easy they made it look in to ride these classes...
Youth Country Pleasure Horse classes were heavily contested by very capable young riders, but in the end Marcus Roode on the Appalanation son FS Casanova snatched up the Championship for owner Leon Botha, while Sone Graham took the Reserve on Smilde Aquarius.
Two relative newcomers to our Arabian shows won the Rider Championships – Jean van Deventer and Marleze Grobbelaar (Res).
The last class of the evening belonged to Jack Maritz who won Res Junior show Hack on his very elegant bay mare Sidi Actress while Dawid Brown rode Sidi Balana for him into the Champion position.
Friday morning kicked off with huge Novice Riding Horse classes and after much tense concentration the Championship was eventually won by HA Rosalita ridden by Anton van der Laan in the saddle and Reserve by Zamzikar Kleopatra from Evan Stud. The quality of the riding was so good that Sue Carter gave another two recommended ribbons apart from the top 5.
In Junior Hunter pleasure we had the privilege of seeing Claire Marcus Maloney back in the saddle in a moment of De Ja Vu as she took the Championship on the handsome Simply Red Son FS Huxley. Dawid took the Resereve on Sidi Balana.
Marcus Roode and Anshia Rothman were both on form taking home plenty of ribbons, among others the Champion and Reserve Younth Hunter Pleasure Horse – Marcus on Ebisu Monsieur and Anshia on a reliable old favourite El-Harem BHF Springsteen.
Then Jack collected another Championship on the lovely Sidi Annabella for Senior Show Hack, with Susan Rothman taking Reserve on Armika LiteMyFire. And when Jack did not win Championships himself, he had the very able rider Dawid Brown doing it for him, as was the case with the Junior Costume Horse, won by Sidi Balana, with the flashy Baywatch V son FS Monterey Bey in Reserve under Ocker Bruyns for JR Arabians.
The Youth classes are proving to be a great success and these classes are growing steadily – We are seeing very competent young riders coming into the show ring, with such wonderful horses. Youth Western Pleasure Horse is a good example, where the solid performer Ebisu Sharac, ridden by Makhutsi Moloi took the Championship, with Sone Graham in yet another Reserve Championship position on ReB Sharena.
FS Karina’s Charm charmed herself into yet another Championship, winning Liberty with her ‘look-at-me’ movement, while El-Jamani Silvern Zeleeze took Reserve, showing off echo’s of her famous old sire Silvern Gleam’s floating trot.
Saturday morning started with Child/Junior Riding Horse. These English Ridden classes, judged by Sue Carter this year, are always large and this show was no exception. Little Anshia Rothman (like many of our child riders almost born in the saddle), rode the evergreen El-Harem BHF Springsteen into the Championship position, with Amicia-Ala Al Din taking Reserve under June Roode, the youngest in another family of Arabian show horse riders building further on their legacy.
The Senior Hunter Pleasure Championship just before lunch was a huge and powerful class that got a great round of applause when they lined up. Here Armika Justlike from Amal Hayati Arabians with Anton v d Laan riding, walked away triumphantly while Sidi Heavenly Dream ridden by Dawid secured the Reserve.
After another scrumptious lunch at the Dome’s ringside Cafeteria the Senior Western Pleasure Championship was in. Fanie Maritz ride like he was driving a Cadillac on cruise control as he took the Championship on his incredible Shaheer Prince Cyclone daughter Shaheer Shakura. ReB Magic Myst with Thinus Sonnekus on her back took Reserve.
The young riders impressed once more as fearless and determined to ride their horses well. The Youth Costume Championship was won by Sone Graham with a great ride on Smilde Aquarius, while Reserve went to FS Casanova with Marcus Roode in the saddle.
Sefanja Moloi won the Junior English Pleasure Championship on the lovely FS Diamond Dream.
Keeping concentration after 4 days of showing becomes taxing, but the Junior Country Pleasure horses were still giving their best for their Championships at 5 in the afternoon. FS Monterey Bey won the Championship, and once again Sidi Balana, a constant champion took reserve with Dawid!
FS Monterey Bey was also doing exceptionally well under various riders, and in Youth show Hack it was the young Mohamed Docrat aboard taking the Championship, with Anshia on Springsteen taking yet another ribbon as Reserve.
Then the final Championship was once again quite a high note to end on, as it always is – Senior Costume Horse was won by the beautiful Asfour son Simeon Sach, ridden by Andre Troost and Reserve was MC Leonidas with Fanie Maritz in the saddle. For the final lap of honour for this class it has become a tradition to let the horses fly and Jack Maritz’s Sidi Annabella looked very much like a nomadic War Mare, charging ahead of the stallions with costume flying in the wind!
The judge awarded Best Rider to Jean van Deventer and best handler to Tinus Sonnekus, and mentioned in his speech at the lovely awards ceremony that evening how tremendous the camaraderie and support for one another was among the participants. This was something quite unique he said – how there were no complaints or ill will at this show and how wonderful the Spirit was overall. It was great seeing the well known handlers, like Tinus Sonnekus, Anton van der Laan, Ocker Bruys, Jack and Fanie Maritz, John Longland, and others helping each other out and thus appearing almost in every class, and it was just as nice to see these people riding and being joined by other favourites like Johan du Plessis, Gauta November, Dawid Brown, Chanel Marais, Lori van der Laan, the wonderful talented Moloi family and Sheila Nortje, the Roodes, as well as Claire and Alex Maloney and Virginia Klincharska, the Troost siblings and the Rothmans, Dewald Malan and Hanlie Scott and Sone Graham, Stephen Serame and the handsome Docrat siblings, Amy Taylor, the Strauss family and so many others and also upcoming riders in so many classes. They all did a GREAT JOB in our Nationals!
Ina Botha with the help of Johan du Plessis, Daan Broodryk and many others excelled as always in organizing this show and every child that participated got a certificate and R200, sponsored by Monsanto. All the Champions and Reserves got a beautiful Arend Eloff horse statue as a trophy.
Gerda Phillipson (as gate steward) ran the Gate with almost military precision. And when the ring steward did not arrive, Jaco le Roux gave up his Junior Judge opportunity in order to steward, with some help from Leon Botha at times. This was just another example of the level of commitment and good will at this show.
And finally the whole Show was made possible due to generous sponsorships from Pieter Roode from Ebisu Arabians, Leon Botha from Victrio Training Centre, Francois and Lien van Huysteen personally and also their help in acquiring Dekalb and Monsanto as a sponsor, Chine Swart and also the Snyman Family from Inanna Ishtar Stud. Dries Venter from the Afridome also came to the party and help us with a sponsor for some rooms and a special price for the show.
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT MAKE THIS SHOW A SUCCSESS!
You can buy photos of the day from Elipta Photography: SA National Championships Photos
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